SBN Week in Review: November 7th, 2011

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:


November Louisiana Entrepreneurship Day to feature global young entrepreneurs Catherine Cook and Daniel Gomez: In conjunction with the upcoming Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week, the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) is hosting a Louisiana Entrepreneurship Day student expo and speaker series on November 15th, 2011 in Baton Rouge. The event focuses on student entrepreneurs, with keynote addresses from Catherine Cook, founder of and Daniel Gomez, founder of biofuel company, Solben. Attendees will learn what entrepreneurs at Louisiana State University are up to, how to juggle classes and a multimillion dollar company, and get inspiration from Cook and Gomez.

Green Light New Orleans is making social change one light bulb at a time: Green Light New Orleans, a local non-profit organization and SENO Accelerator Associate, installs free energy efficient lightbulbs into homes throughout the city to show the effects that an individual’s efforts can not only have on a personal, financial level, but the contribution it can make to a mass movement’s effort to make a positive impact on the environment. Since its inception in 2006, the movement has gone beyond changing lightbulbs to teaching residents about the benefits of creating a more sustainable lifestyle in their homes, and their community.

Lamar Advertising Launches RoadNinja, Your Interstate Exit Guide: Lamar Advertising, the publicly traded Baton Rouge-based outdoor advertising company, has launched a new iPhone app called RoadNinja.  The app is a location-based interstate travel app powered by Foursquare that helps consumers find what’s available at upcoming interstate exits (restaurants, lodging, gas, etc.) and delivers location-specific promotions.

How to Raise Venture Capital: Getting Your Foot in the Door: I [Pauline Willeford] recently had the chance to sit down with Taylor Davidson while he was in town for Tribecon. Davidson is a Senior Associate at kbs+p Ventures, responsible for sourcing and vetting deals. Having coached many entrepreneurs on how to raise capital, he offered our readers the following advice…

Two one-day seminars next week will get your start-up kicked off legally and socially: One of the scariest parts of getting a start-up off the ground is navigating the legalese of corporate filings, intellectual property, and employment law. Louisiana’s Baker Donelson law firm has partnered with the Louisiana Technology Park to offer a one day “emerging company bootcamp” focused on getting your start-up off the ground legally.

Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week schedule features a broad variety of events: The week, taking place November 11th – 18th, is designed to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, create a sense of community among local entrepreneurs, highlight the assets of the region, and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. The week features a variety of speakers, events, and activities for anyone involved with the Silicon Bayou.